A FASHION designer and 'rich kid of Instagram' has been slammed online after his collection featured a bag made with an 'ethnically sourced child's' spine.
The Indonesian designer, Arnold Putra, claims to have also used 'human rib bone' and 'plastinated human remains' in his pieces that have received backlash from critics who described the use of bone as 'disgusting'.
The one-off piece, costing £4,000, is made using alligator tongue and an 'ethically sourced' human spine said to have been imported from Canada.
The item caused online outrage as many questioned how the designer had been able to get hold of human remains.
Although Sun Online hasn't been able to independently verify the bones were real, independent experts who looked at the bag said they believed it to be genuine bone.
The 'rich kid of Instagram', a prolific car collector in Indonesia, sells other items such as a jacket made from goats leather and with added 'human rib bone', costing £850 and is modelled in front of a slaughtered camel.
With over 55,000 followers, pictures from his Instagram show his lavish jet setting lifestyle and several of his expensive cars.
Now thought to be based in Los Angeles, the rich kid has faced fierce backlash for his creations with some labelling him as 'sick'.
One Instagram user commented: "Abomination. Evil. Inhumane."
Another said: "You're [sic] sick in your mind. Extremely sick. Extremely."
While another added: "…how does anyone have access to this?"
As one user replied: "Precisely what I was thinking. How disturbing."
However, some have come forward to praise the bizarre designs as one person comments: "You got the most extraordinary fashion piece bro."
The bag, made in 2016, went unnoticed for some time before it emerged on Twitter recently.
BUYING HUMAN BONES
Laws on importing and selling human bones differ from country to country.
In the UK the Human Tissue Act 2004, it states that it is an offence to engage in commercial dealings of body parts used for transplants but does not refer to bones.
But the act is also 'silent on the sale of bodies, body parts and tissue for other purposes', meaning private collections are not illegal.
It is also legal in Canada to buy and sell human bones.
Putra told news site Insider that it was possible to buy bones from licensed companies that receive human bones donated through medicine and that they can be sold as surplus.
But the site claims that Putra declined to reveal the papers that came with shipment from Canada.
He claimed that the bag was part of an unfinished collection 'involving materials unprecedented in garment-making.'
He said: "It took a bit of experimenting to get the tongues flattened and supple enough."
The bag, as well as the company's contact number, have been taken off the company website since the Twitter post gained attention.
Following the social-media uproar, Putra posted an Instagram story in which he said that his collection was "derived from plastinated human remains and albino skin."
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